Sandra Bullock Chokes Up, Lauds Jay LenoBy: Kimberly Ripley - February 6, 2014
Sandra Bullock choked back tears as she thanked Jay Leno for years of kindness. The Gravity star told Jay how much she appreciated the fact that he treated her well every time she was a guest on the Tonight Show. Her words and voice were wrought with emotion as she sat across from the Tonight Show host during his next to last show–with Leno holding her hand.
“You’ve always been so kind. That’s saying a lot in this business, because we like to be mean,” she told him. “There’s not been one time you haven’t treated me like I had something to offer – even when the film was awful and you knew it, you never let me see it in your eyes.”
“When I made crazy life decisions, you never questioned it. You were so welcoming. I just felt special, even when I was insecure,” she added.
“Well, you are special,” Leno said as he kissed Sandra’s hand.
It was a poignant moment for viewers as they witnessed Jay’s soft side and realized the end of an era will soon arrive.
Blake Shelton joined Jay Leno and Sandra Bullock a bit later in the show, and he thanked Jay for his fairness and his ability to keep his own beliefs quiet while others expressed theirs.
“Everybody gets ripped on,” Shelton said.
— Jay Leno (@jayleno) February 6, 2014
Shelton then gifted a month’s worth of denim clothing to the Tonight Show host.
Thursday night at 11:35 PM ET Jay Leno will take the stage as host of The Tonight Show for the last time. His guests will include Billy Crystal–his first ever Tonight Show guest–and Garth Brooks. It is rumored that a few surprise guests will be stopping by to bid adieu to the late night host as he passes the reigns to Jimmy Fallon. It’s uncertain if any of his remaining guests will evoke the sense of sweetness and goodness of Sandra Bullock’s tribute to Jay.
Will you be tuning in for Jay Leno’s last Tonight Show?
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